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Mt. Ka'ala - Hiking

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Mt. Ka'ala (4,025 ft)
Elevation Gain: 3,500 ft
Trail: Wai'anae-Ka'ala
Distance: 8 miles roundtrip
Duration: 7.75 hrs (includes stops for breaks along the trail and at the summit)
Difficulty: Moderate to Very Strenuous
Danger: Medium to High(steep sections with loose rock, rock scramblingalong trail)

My first attempt to summit Mount Ka'ala ended at 2,800 feet. It was winter in Hawaii and by the time we got up to the 3 poles it was raining lightly making for a slippery trail. I had brought my spikes and trekking poles with me from the east coast but had left them in my cousin's truck at the trailhead. It was too slippery to continue so Neil, my cousin Darrell and I turned back. Today was a different story. The weather was beautiful and it looked like I was going to be able to bag the highest peak on the island of O'ahu.

At the covered picnic table we took the trail to the right marked with boulders and Macadamia Nut trees
There were six of us at the trailhead but that chan…